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Stretch marks are narrow streaks or lines that appear on the surface of the skin, they can be the result of sudden growth or weight gain. The marks begin being red or purple and over time fade to a silvery-white colour. If you have stretch marks, you probably wish they’d go away. These grooves or lines in your skin aren’t harmful to your health, but they aren’t great to look at, either. And even though they’ll never really go away, they might fade over time or with help from certain products and procedures.
Stretch marks happen when your body grows quickly for any reason. Your skin can’t stretch enough to keep up. These long, thin, rippled marks are also called stria. Collagen is a protein that makes your skin more elastic. If your skin doesn’t have enough, the marks may show up as it stretches. You may get stretch marks due too: weight gain, bodybuilding, steroids and pregnancy amongst other things. Stretch marks are more common in women, especially during pregnancy. As your stomach grows with your baby, your skin stretches they might fade as you shed pounds after the baby is born. Hormones that surge when you’re pregnant can also weaken skin fibres and cause stretch marks.
Both women and men who are obese can get marks. Even bodybuilders who have little fat can get them where their muscles bulge. Kids might get them if they suddenly get taller or gain weight, like during puberty. Make sure they know this is normal. Childhood marks may fade as kids get older. These rippled, streaky lines in your skin come in different colours. They fade from red or pink to purplish-blue to thinner, pale, more scar-like streaks over time. You may not notice them as much.
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